With Another Brexit Delay, More Uncertainty—and a Glimpse at Future British Trade

Anti-Brexit supporters during a march in London, Oct. 19, 2019, (AP photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth).
Anti-Brexit supporters during a march in London, Oct. 19, 2019, (AP photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth).
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Despite saying that he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to do just that late Saturday night, sending a letter to the European Commission requesting another extension for the United Kingdom’s long-awaited departure from the European Union. As with two earlier delays, the core challenges to resolving Brexit remain avoiding a highly disruptive, “no-deal” exit; keeping the Irish land border open; and defining trade relationships with the EU and the rest of the world that mitigate the costs of leaving the world’s largest customs union. The British Parliament refused […]

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